PA SAVIN Frequently Asked Questions For Law Enforcement



  • What is PA SAVIN?

    PA SAVIN (Pennsylvania Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification) is an innovative service providing crime victims and other interested parties with the ability to verify and inmate's incarceration status at any time.  It also provides the option of receiving free, prompt notification of any change in that status including release, transfer or escape.

    PA SAVIN uses VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Network technology.  Appriss, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the provider of the PA SAVIN service.

    PA SAVIN is a project of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), funded in part by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA.)



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  • Where is PA SAVIN available?
    PA SAVIN is active in all 62 county jails, as well as all PA Department of Corrections facilities and the PA Board of Probation and Parole.

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  • Why would Law Enforcement officers use PA SAVIN?

    PA SAVIN gives law enforcement officers the ability to:

    • monitor gang activity by confirming whether or not certain actors are incarcerated
    • verify the custody status and location of an inmate when the officer is required to testify or is otherwise involved in the offender's prosecution
    • check an offender's custody status in order to serve a warrant
    • supervise the status of serial offenders
    • register to receive notifications if they or their family members have been threatened


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  • Do I have to register for notifications in order to get inmate information?
    No.  Custody status information can be obtained without registering for notifications.

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  • How can I access PA SAVIN?
    Call the toll-free number (1-866-9PA-SAVIN or 1-866-972-7284) at any time or search online at www.vinelink.com.  For comprehensive information on PA SAVIN and other victim-related services, go to www.pacrimevictims.com.

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  • Can anyone else find out if I am registered?
    Appriss, Inc. does not share registration information.  The only way that an individual would be able to confirm whether or not another person is registered would be for that individual to enter the other person's phone number or e-mail address into Vinelink for a specific offender.  If the phone number or e-mail address has already been registered to receive notifications for that particular offender, Vinelink will inform the user that the number/address has already be registered. 

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  • Is PA SAVIN available for non-English speaking users?

    Registrants can choose to have notifications done in English or in Spanish.  PA SAVIN phone registrations can also be conducted in Spanish through the automated phone system or through live operators.  The Vinelink website has an English/Spanish toggle in the upper right hand corner of the home page.  By clicking on "EspaƱol," the entire website will be translated to Spanish.

    PA SAVIN brochures are currently available in English and Spanish, with Mandarin, Bosnian and Vietnamese versions on order.  Contact the Program Coordinator, Robin Shea at (717) 265-8707 to order.

    PA SAVIN posters and tear-off pads are printed with both English and Spanish on the same document.



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  • Is PA SAVIN available for hearing impaired users?
    Hearing-impaired users can register via telephone by calling 1-866-847-1298.  The Vinelink and PA Crime Victims website also offer the option of receiving notifications via TTY (teletype.)

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  • Why should Law Enforcement officers provide PA SAVIN information to crime victims?
    Law Enforcement officers are often the first responders at incidents involving offenders and victims, so it is important for them to inform victims about PA SAVIN and to encourage victims to register for notification right away if the actor is incarcerated.  Offenders can be released within days or even hours of arrest.  Victims can be notified within 15 minutes after the inmate's release is entered into the jail's computer system, often before the inmate has physically left the facility.  In the event of a weekend or evening arrest, the inmate may be released before the Victim Services office re-opens, so Law Enforcement officers are the only ones who can truly provide this information to victims round-the-clock. 

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  • How can Law Enforcement officers provide PA SAVIN information to crime victims?

    Law Enforcement officers can use the SAVIN tear-off pads to provide SAVIN information to crime victims.  These 3" x 4" pads are small enough to keep in a pocket, with 25 sheets per pad.  They are printed in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

    Also available are PA SAVIN posters and tri-fold brochures.  To order any of these materials, contact the Program Coordinator:

    Robin Shea
    Program Coordinator
    PCCD
    3101 North Front Street
    Harrisburg, PA  17110
    (717) 265-8707
    (717) 265-4331 (Fax)
    robshea@pa.gov



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  • Who do I contact for more information, or to schedule a PA SAVIN informational session?

    Please contact the Program Coordinator:

    Robin Shea
    Program Coordinator
    PCCD
    3101 North Front Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    (717) 265-8707
    (717) 772-4331 (Fax)
    robshea@pa.gov



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